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Old 04-14-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Hi All...quick history. I am 56 years old. 2 years ago is was at 485lbs. Not my bench...my WEIGHT !
I knew I had to change...or die. I choose to make a change. Long story short, today I am at 365 and "stuck". Gotten this far by cardio / moderate diet / crossfit style work. And I am stuck. Not dropping weight any longer in a consistent manner.

The crossfit experience turned me onto what I REALLY want to do. Powerlifting. I bought a power rack, created a home garage and recently started a beggining modified 5 x 5. I will warm up with 7 reps, add a little for 5 reps. Use working weight for 3 sets of 5.

My question is this, I want to compete in Powerlifting, and do so around 260 to 275 pounds. I am 6' 2" and feel that would be a good weight. Do I continue striving first for weight loss and then build power. Or take the fat loss approach while building muscle.

I am rookie here....any help or advice is appreciated !

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Old 04-14-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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Well, first of all. No, it is never to late to improve your lot. As far as losing weight, I sure as hell can't tell you
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:22 PM   #3
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Welcome ! I'll let more experienced people help with your questions, but congrats on you loss so far!
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:30 PM   #4
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You train for progression, assuming you will get stronger, while losing weight.

It is possible to build strength while losing. I came back in 2007 weighing 310. I lost weight down to 228 while building my squat up to 500. It can be done, especially if you haven't reached hard strength walls.

I hope you will consider starting up a training log and joining us. We'll do everything we can to help you reach your goals.

Congrats on the weight loss. Tell us a little bit about how you eat now, and how long it's been since you lost any weight.
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Steve is spot on here. Focus on gaining strength. If you eat at a slight deficit, which for most skinny folks would still be a lot of food, you will lose weight as you gain strength. At your current size, your maintenance level of calories are more than I would need to gain weight. Be patient, start with a slight deficit, about 250 calories and reconfigure after each ten pounds lost. You should build strength and lose weight at the same time. Too big a deficit and you will feel it in a bad way in the gym.
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Thanks all. I will post a better detail of what I am doing as far as diet and workout. I will find the log, and get started there as well. Thanks again !
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Age is just a number, not an excuse. Build muscle, lose fat. Get stronger. Go ahead and enter a local PL meet to learn the ropes. It's competition between you and the weight anyway. Placing doesn't matter. Welcome to the forum and congrats on you weightloss so far.
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